Welcome to the Health Practitioner Regulation in Victoria Website
On 1 July 2010 a national registration and accreditation scheme (national scheme) for health practitioners commenced. The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 (National Law) provides the legislative framework for the national scheme in Victoria and replaces the Health Professions Registration Act (2005) (HPR Act) for 10 health professions. They are:
- Dental care practitioners (including dentists, dental hygienists, dental prosthetists and dental therapists)
- Medical practitioners
- Nurses and midwives
- Podiatrists, and
The following health professions remain subject to the HPR Act until they transition to the national scheme on 1 July 2012:
- Chinese medicine practitioners (acupuncturists, Chinese herbal medicine practitioners and Chinese herbal dispensers), and
- Medical radiation practitioners.
At the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting held in March 2008 an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) was signed committing the states, territories and the Commonwealth to establish a single national registration and accreditation system.
Under the National Law health professionals will be able to move around the country more easily, reduce red tape, provide greater safeguards for the public and promote a more flexible, responsive and sustainable health workforce. For example, a public national register for each health profession ensures that a professional who has been banned from practising in one place is unable to practise elsewhere in Australia.
On 1 July 2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, Chinese medicine practitioners, medical radiation practitioners and occupational therapists will also join the national scheme. The Statute Law Amendment (National Health Practitioner Regulation) Act 2010 incorporates the necessary transitional and consequential amendments to Victorian legislation and provides an ongoing regulatory framework under the HPR Act for Chinese medicine and medical radiation practitioners until they join the national scheme.
The licensing of pharmacy premises and pharmacy ownership restrictions is not included under IGA therefore these matters will continue to be the responsibility of the states and territories. The Pharmacy Regulation Bill 2010 to establish the Victorian Pharmacy Authority (VPA) and provide for the future regulation of pharmacies was passed in the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament on 22 June 2010. The VPA will take over the role of regulating pharmacies previously performed by the Pharmacy Board of Victoria under the HPR Act. Further information on pharmacy regulation is available from the following link: Pharmacy Regulation - business licensing and ownership restrictions
The Health Regulation and Reform Branch provide strategic, high quality and timely policy advice and coordination activities to the Department of Health (DH) and to whole of government commitments in relation to regulatory streamlining and reform.
This responsibility includes:
- Build on existing DH regulatory reform capacity and initiatives
- Play a transformational role in working with health regulators to implement further improvements to the effectiveness and efficiency of health regulation and its administration
- Further develop internal expertise to more effectively implement Government regulatory reform initiatives.
Publications on the national scheme
- Information Sheet 1 National Perspective: Frequently Asked Questions
- Information Sheet 2 Victorian Perspective: Frequently Asked Questions
- Guidance list for health services
- National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Update
An extensive range of materials such as registration standards, codes, guidelines and information sheets is available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and national boards. Refer to Links webpage for more details.
A copy of the abovementioned Acts may be accessed at the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents Website